This is my second post here and I again find myself in a position where I thought I had things figured out, but am now not so sure. We’re moving into a new house that is all pre-wired for the alarm, which includes a DSC panel.
Originally my plan was to get the ST hub to run all of my home automation stuff, to include a Honeywell thermostat, door lock, Ring door bell cam, a couple other cams and various GE Z wave dimmers, switches, etc. That all seemed pretty simple. I work part time at an electronics retailer and can get discounts on everything listed above.
However, I recently talked to my brother in law who works for an alarm company. He is suggesting that I just get the alarm.com app and use that for everything. I know I wouldn’t be able to use the Ring stuff, but there seems to be a comparable replacement for everything that I want to use, except for the thermostat that I already bought - the Honeywell RTH9585WF.
It is my understanding that each piece of equipment monitored by the alarm.com app results in an additional monthly charge. It seems that these charges can add up pretty quickly. I believe it was roughly $50-$60/month in additional charges by the time I added the door lock, doorbell cam, and garage door opener. One of my main questions is what is the benefit of doing it this way vs. running everything off of the ST hub with no additional monthly cost? I guess I can see a couple things that would be kind of nice, like having the front door lock tied to the alarm system, so it can disarm the alarm when we unlock the other door. But, aside from that, I’m not sure I see the value in paying a monthly fee to have the other stuff.
So, what are your recommendations? I see a lot of posts about people using both and trying to integrate the two. But, I didn’t find anything about which one is a better option. So, maybe a combination of the two is the best option. If so, what pieces do you recommend running off of the ST hub and what do you recommended using the alarm.com hub for?